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World's tallest building opens

来源:msnbc.com 作者: 时间:2010-01-11 Tag:Dubai   点击:

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper Monday in a blaze of fireworks, then added a final flourish(兴旺): It renamed the half-mile-high tower for the head of neighboring Abu Dhabi, whose billions bailed out(救出来) Dubai amid last year's financial crisis.

Long known as Burj Dubai — Arabic for "Dubai Tower" — the building rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) from the desert. The $1.5 billion "vertical city" of luxury apartments and offices and a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani also plans to have the world's highest mosque(清真寺) (158th floor) and swimming pool (76th floor).

Its backers wanted the skyscraper to be a monument to the boundless, can-do spirit of Dubai — one of a federation(联盟) of seven small sheikdoms(酋长国) that make up the United Arab Emirates.

注:United Arab Emirates(UAE) 即“阿拉伯联合酋长国”,Abu Dhabi即“阿布扎比”,UAE的首都。bail out原意为“保释”,在金融领域意为“救市”。


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